News & Events

Lecturer Paloma Villegas featured in The Underground


Two New Professors Join Sociology

Starting in the fall of 2013, our department will be joined by two new sociology professors.

Clayton Childress joins us from Princeton University, where he held a postdoctoral fellowship at the Center for the Study of Social Organization in the Dept. of Sociology.  Prior to that, Childress received his PhD in Sociology from the University of California, Santa Barbara.  His academic areas of interest include organizational, cultural, and economic sociology, social network analysis, creative industries, and mixed methods research.  He is currently completing his first book, based on his dissertation research, titled Novel Culture: Meaning, Markets, and Social Practice.   

Neda Maghbouleh earned her PhD in Sociology from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She then held a postdoctoral fellowship through the Consortium for Faculty Diversity (2012-3) and a visiting appointment at Smith College (2011-2). Her research and teaching program addresses social inequality with a specific focus on Iranian Americans and other Middle Eastern communities in the U.S. Her dissertation research was a multi-year, multi-sited study of second-generation Iranian American teens and young adults at home, in school, and at summer camp.

Student Jason Pagaduan's Research Featured in an Article

Jason Pagaduan

Sociology student Jason Pagaduan conducted original research for his project in Sociology D50, Capstone Course: Realizing the Sociological Imagination.

His research topic concerned boundaries of appropriateness on Facebook, asking how people perceive what is appropriate versus what is not on Facebook posts and photos.  To answer his research questions, he ran a survey of sociology students as well as conducted qualitative interviews.  An article on his research appeared on the UTSC homepage.  You can view the article here

First Annual Undergraduate Research Day

Undergraduate Research Day

The first annual Undergraduate Research Day (URD) was held in April of 2013.  This event is designed to be a celebration of students’ achievements, a networking opportunity and a further development of student professional skills.  Students with the best research papers from C- and D-level courses are invited to present their own research at a daylong conference held at the UTSC campus.  Each student receives support from the course instructor for the preparation of the presentation and all presenters meet with a faculty member who provides presentation guidelines.  Student papers are also entered into a competition judged by two faculty readers and there are cash prizes for the top two papers.

The winners of the 2013 prizes are:

Samiha Chowdhury, for her paper, “Multiple migrations and multiple belonging: personal reflections on identity formation”

Heather Godier, for her paper, "Attitudes on the use of medication intervention for ADHD"

To see the full program for the April, 2013 conference, click here.

Formation of the Sociology Student Union

Sociology students have begun meeting to discuss the formation of the Sociology Student Union.  Through these meetings, students have identified five major goals.  First, students are interested in planning and holding events that would encourage more personal interaction with faculty.  A second related objective is to provide a forum for students to communicate their needs and preferences about the program to faculty.  Third, students are interested in forging ongoing links with sociology alumni, perhaps through forming an alumni association that would hold regular events together with the student union.  These would be occasions for current students to network with alumni and learn about what they are doing post-graduation, and for alumni to stay connected with the life of the university.  A fourth idea is for the student union to provide academic assistance to students, through, for instance, facilitating study sessions and essay editing.  Fifth and finally, students envision the student union itself pursuing research opportunities on campus -- perhaps through organizing undergraduate research conferences, shooting videos of key informants on campus, or publicizing their own research -- in an effort to communicate to the broader student body how exciting and interesting sociology can be.  

If you would like to get involved, contact Patrick Simeon or Hossai Furmli for information on future meetings.